More twos and threes: Uzaki-chan, Kanojo, Peter Grill, Monster Musume

More of the same from Uzaki-cnan wa Asobitai! Uzaki spots Shinichi at his job at a cafe and harasses him there. Luckily the cafe owner thinks it’s funny so his job isn’t in danger. I hate those sort of scenes. There’s also some attempts at cat-petting which leads to butt smacking, lunch at school and finally Uzaki has to rewrite a report. I would get really pissed off at this show if it wasn’t for Uzaki’s cute guilelessness.

Telepathy.

Episode 3 gets a bit better when we’re introduced to Ami, the daughter of the cafe owner who shares his prediliction for people-watching, or ogling. At first it’s all the latter, as she admires Shinichi’s body at the cafe, but after Uzaki inevitably shows up she switches gears as an amused observer, holding telepathic (well, their lips aren’t moving) conversations with her dad about how much fun Shinichi and Uzaki are to watch. We get an interlude when Shinichi has a cold and Uzaki takes care of him, quite well, not surprisingly, apart from she won’t leave. Then there’s a dinner with Ami and her dad and more telepathic conversations, and finally Uzaki gets jealous because Shinichi calls Ami by her first name but not her, and a hypnotism scene … And I begin to see that the show’s success or failure rests not only on Uzaki’s guilelessness and, er, other assets, but how well they interplay, that is, Shinichi’s straight-man role. It works well in the hypnotism scene with his unspoken sarcastic lines. Alas, the rest of the scene goes predictably. I guess it’s no surprise that a show with little in the way of original thought has to rely on the characters.

The gods of comedy at work.

Uzaki-chan can get annoying at times, but it’s got nothing on Kanojo, Okarishimasu, where in episode 2 both Kazuya and Mizuhara make really stupid decisions. All right, almost all of them are Kazuya’s, but why the hell did Mizuhara, overhearing the conversation next door, where Kazuya was getting told off by his grandma for losing his girlfriend, still waltz in the door and pretend she still was? The deception would have been over, Kazuya would have learned something and moved on, back to normality. I don’t get it. I also don’t get why Kazuya got dragged into dinner. You could say it’s because he’s a wimp, which is true, but maybe it’s the idea that for once he is seen by others as not a loser virgin but an actual human being. It feels great to have a cute girl on your arm. So I guess I can understand his decisions to an extent. FInally, what bugs me is Mami. First I thought she just regretted dumping him, or maybe seeing him with the aforementioned cute girl made her jealous, that and the drink. So she lashes out at him and then invites him over. There’s a lot in this episode I don’t get.

Then I watched ep3. Kanojo Okarishimasu is basically a love-com full of misunderstandings and cute little secrets. Why I’m tending to dislike it at the moment is that I don’t like any of the characters, apart from Mizuhara, who’s just doing her job and is honest about it. Meanwhile Mami is a manipulative sexpot who pretends to be nice to Kazuya in order to piss off her latest ex-boyfriend, at least I think. I’m a long way off from my horny adolescent days, but Kazuya’s mooning about girls and then ogling them at every opportunity feels right, but it’s annoying to watch, especially his internal monologues. As for his virgin friends, the less said about them the better. I’ve heard it’s immature to reject a story because you don’t find any of the characters “likeable,” but what if they annoy you to death. The reason I’m still hanging on is the promise they’re now throwing us about more different girls. Maybe that will liven things up a bit. They’ve been focusing on Mami for far too long, and it’s only been two episodes …

Guess what the elf wants.

Meanwhile, Peter Grill and Luvelia announce their engagement to Luvelia’s enraged, overprotective father, and then the Ogre girls have another bout with him, with many shenanigans under the table (the girls at least). Naturally there are more guilt feelings. In ep3 it’s Vegan the cute elf who tries to work her way with him (She claims she wants his seed to give birth to stronger elves), but no dice yet. The only damage is that Peter’s trusty friend Tom walks in on them. Oh, Vegan puts a curse on him but we don’t know what it is yet. Then Luvelia and her hunting party are accosted by a monster and there is some tentacle action and Peter rushing to the rescue. What doesn’t turn me off, besides the obvious things, are the fun that the seiyuus are having with the material, especially Mimi and Vegan. And there are some nicely-timed bits, like the girl who wants to show a picture of the monster to Peter but accidently brings out the wrong book, ahem.

I was thinking about dropping Monster Musume no Oisha-san, but I warmed up on episode 2. While getting supplies Glenn and Sapphee meet a mermaid girl singer who has throat and gill problems. Apart from the explanations about how Mer-folk breathe it wasn’t terribly interesting, and the near-death stuff at the end felt tacked on, and there was another moment of monster girl getting subtly aroused by the examination. What I liked most was before that, with Glenn and Sapphee floating along on a gondola, happily chatting, with no plot points to worry about. Maybe because of the gondola it reminded me a little of the Aria franchise, serene and completely devoid of threats or even slapstick. I know there will be no gondolas next episode, if ever, but that little interlude was nice after watching episodes of men and women behaving badly.

He’s a doctor.

To change the mood a little, episode 3 starts with a battle, after which Kunai, Lady Skaldi’s bodyguard, a being made of corpse parts, is brought in to see Dr. Glenn against her will. Being a compiliation of body parts has made her mistrust doctors, it seems. So after Skaldi leaves, Kunai huffily goes to to find her severed arm so she can do the stitching herself. Things happen, Lulala the mermaid finds the arm and still being alive it points the way to where the rest of Kunai lies in an alley, and he sews her up again along with more “No doctor, not there, ohhhh!” bits. Meanwhile hidden stuff begins to present itself. There are goons in robes following people around and grinning, and there’s the mystery of who put Kunai together in the first place. Not to mention talk of a hidden slave trade. I rather like how the show is slowly unfolding, moving beyond its “monster-patient of the week,” though I suspect they’ll never abandon that entirely.

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